Airlift canceled for NM town isolated by flooding

Posted at: 09/17/2013 12:27 PM
Updated at: 09/17/2013 12:29 PM
By: RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press

The only road into Mogollon in underwater.
The only road into Mogollon in underwater.
Photo: Courtesy: Las Cruces Sun-Times

MOGOLLON, N.M. (AP) - A planned emergency airlift of food, water and other supplies for a tiny New Mexico town isolated after weekend flooding has been called off.
 
New Mexico Department of Homeland Security spokesman Estevan Lujan said Tuesday that state authorities and the National Guard will deliver supplies by foot to residents of the privately run ghost town of Mogollon.  Lujan says there was not enough space to land a helicopter.
 
The small western New Mexico community and other parts of the state stayed on alert or assessed the aftermath of heavy rains that have fallen since last week.
 
State Route 159 became impassable after a creek along the highway surged from its banks.
 
Roughly 16 residents live in the former mining town in the mountains in Catron County.
 
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